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What's on TV This Week: 'The League' Returns

FXX has a big week; it wraps the Simpsons marathon and premieres the new seasons of The League and Ali G: Rezurection. If you’re worried that you missed your chance to get in all the Simpsons you wanted, no need because FXX will have plenty more episodes every day. Late night is back strong with new shows from all the major players. The Trailer Park Boys will be on Kimmel, Kristen Wiig on Letterman, and the comedy duo Tim & Eric on Fallon. Conan has Brett Gelman and Brooks Wheelan while The Late Show has Steven Colbert and Leslie Jones. And on Sunday be sure to catch the new episode [...]

HBO Has Ordered a Show from the Flight of the Conchords Guys

It's been nearly seven years since Flight of the Conchords left television, but according to Jemaine Clement, the musical comedy duo's break might be nearing its end. The Guardian recently interviewed Clement about his new vampire film What We Do in the Shadows, and when asked about any future plans with his Conchords partner Bret McKenzie he had this to say:

Are the Conchords, dormant at the moment, waiting to erupt again? “We talk about a movie every so often,” says Clement. “Sometimes it feels like we lost a lot of impetus over the last couple of years. But Bret, James [Bobin, lead director] and me, we [...]

Eugene Mirman Makes the Coolest Malt Liquor Ad Ever on 'The Approval Matrix'

brightcove.createExperiences(); Here's a sneak peek at Monday night's episode of SundanceTV's The Approval Matrix, in which host Neal Brennan wonders what happened to being cool and enlists Eugene Mirman to star in a malt liquor ad that updates the smoothness of '80s Colt 45 commercials with today's idea of coolness — a Game of Thrones fan who gets really mad if you rudely take the "Cold 45" he wanted to give to his friend Xavier.

Johnny Knoxville Is Developing an Autobiographical Comedy for ABC

Rivers Cuomo isn't the only star to get the autobiographical sitcom treatment this week. Deadline reports that Johnny Knoxville has signed a two-year first-look deal with ABC Studios to develop new projects under his company Hello Junior! Knoxville has sold one project to ABC under the deal already with an untitled Southern family comedy inspired my his own "unconventional childhood," with Knoxville attached to serve as narrator. Knoxville signed a similar two-year deal with Paramount Pictures back in May, so his upcoming projects will be for both the big and small screens.

Alison Rich Hired as a Writer at 'SNL'

The debut of Saturday Night Live's 40th season is just around the corner, and the show has hired a new writer to its staff with the addition of Alison Rich. Rich got her start at UCB in New York, won the UCB NBC Diversity Showcase in 2012, and recently moved to Los Angeles to perform in the CBS Diversity Showcase as well as on the UCBLA Maude Team Tut. She also won the IFC "Out of the Box" development deal at the New York Television Festival last year for her web series Incognito co-created with current Late Night writer Andrew Law, and she appears in the upcoming Elizabeth [...]

Adam Levine Producing Autobiographical Comedy 'Kids in America' for NBC

With all the in-the-works autobiographical comedies in development, NBC has decided to add one of its own from musician and The Voice cohost Adam Levine. Deadline reports that the network has given a script commitment to a single-cam project called Kids in America based on Levine's life that "centers on an unconventional family as seen through the eyes of a teenager with the dream of becoming a rock star." The show will be written by Family Guy's Aaron Blitzstein, and Levine will serve as a co-executive producer through his company 222 Productions.

John Oliver Responds to Some 'Last Week Tonight' Fan Mail

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver returns to TV this Sunday, September 7th, but in the meantime, Oliver decided to respond to some "fan mail" left in the comments of the show's YouTube page. The result is an enlightening look at what fans think of Oliver's head shape as well as Last Week Tonight's stance on cherry soda and other "brillent" work this year.

A Lot More 'Simpsons' Is Coming to FXX After the Marathon

FXX's 12-day Simpsons marathon has been a huge success for the network, having tripled the channel's typical viewing audience on its premiere night last week and making FXX one of the top five basic cable networks each night since. Vulture reports that FXX has taken a hint from the wild success of the Simpsons event and announced their post-marathon schedule, which will include 24 hours of Simpsons episodes per week. Episodes will air Mondays from 6:00pm through midnight, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:00pm through midnight, Fridays from 6:00pm through midnight, and Sundays from 4:00pm through 8:00pm, so if you missed any of your favorite episodes during the [...]

Watch Amazon's Three New Comedy Pilots

Amazon has released its next batch of pilots up for consideration on Amazon Instant Video today, including three comedies from Whit Stillman, Jay Chandrasekhar, and Steven Soderberg. Here's a description of each show:

  • The Cosmopolitans: Written, directed, and produced by Whit Stillman, The Cosmopolitans follows "a group of young American expatriates in Paris searching for love and friendship in a foreign city." The pilot stars Adam Brody, Chloë Sevigny, Carrie MacLemore, Dree Hemingway, Freddy Åsblom, Shaun Evans, and Adriano Giannini.
  • Really: Written, directed, and starring Broken Lizard's Jay Chandrasekhar, Really follows a group of thirtysomething friends in Chicago led by Chandrasekhar as a "happily, messily married neurologist Jed" [...]

Fox Is Developing a Comedy Based on Weezer Frontman Rivers Cuomo's Life

Weezer's frontman Rivers Cuomo might be getting the Fox sitcom treatment. THR reports that the network has given a put-pilot commitment to DeTour, a single-cam comedy from Psych creator Steve Franks that will focus on "a 30-something rock star who, unable to rationalize his success and worried that he may not have the tools to repeat it, walks away from the spotlight at the height of his fame in an effort to rediscover the parts of his life he missed while he was busy becoming a massive success." The series will be loosely based on Cuomo's life but star a fictional character "and the small band of misfit [...]

Jermaine Fowler Is Developing and Starring in a New Comedy for ABC

Last week it was announced that both ABC and Fox were developing autobiographical comedies based on the lives of Johnny Knoxville and Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo, and ABC has added yet another, this time from standup Jermaine Fowler. THR reports that the network has given a script commitment to an untitled project starring Fowler as "a college dropout who winds up living with his estranged grandmother, a former DC cop who provides the perfect mix of parenting, laughs and adventure that gets him off the couch and out into the world." Fowler's past television appearances include MTV2's Guy Code, Comedy Underground with Dave Attell on Comedy [...]

A Rep From Sanrio Clears Up the Hello Kitty Confusion on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live'

Earlier this week it was revealed that Hello Kitty is not in fact a cat but a little girl, despite looking exactly like a cat and being named Hello Kitty. To clear up the confusion, last night Jimmy Kimmel invited a representative from Sanrio to come on Jimmy Kimmel Live and explain the announcement further, and he delivered a powerful message about how true friendship transcends all.

Todd Glass Tells Jon Stewart About the Time He Busted Out of the Shed

Standup Todd Glass stopped by The Daily Show last night to promote his new book The Todd Glass Situation, and the two covered Glass's decision to come out of the closet back in 2012 (or as he calls it, "bustin' out of the shed"), how it's affected his standup, and a hilarious memory involving his passion for setting tables.

Is 'Modern Family' Really the Best-Directed Comedy on TV?

On Monday night, Gail Mancuso took home the Emmy for “Outstanding Direction for a Comedy Series” for her work the Modern Family season five episode “Las Vegas.” This was Mancuso’s second win in a row and the show’s fourth win in a row in this category. This year, Mancuso beat out Comedy Film School favorites Louis C.K. and Lena Dunham as well as seasoned film directors Jodie Foster (for Orange is the New Black) and Mike Judge (for Silicon Valley). Looking even further back, the last time a network show director, in which directing is historically more like house-painting than Picasso, lost to a cable director is in 2004, when [...]